Best Depression Blog Three Years Running

Duringmy whirlwind Spring, I noticed that I received another award fromHealthline.com. That’s the third year in a row. I was, and still am, greatly honored. I posted about it onTwitter, but haven’t had a chance to share the news with you here.I don’t expect my advice on this blog to be helpful for everybody, but maybe something I write is just what somebody else needed to read that day. It’s all I can hope for, and I am humbled that Healthline recognizes my efforts. My journey here is a personal one. I am not an expert with a degree. I just share my experiences in a humorous and earnest way that I hope will connect with others. I havestruggled with ADHD for 51 years. I havestruggled with major depressive disorder for 35 years. I have struggled with Tourette Syndrome for 25 years. The struggle can be frustrating, discouraging, exhausting, as well as alienating and lonesome. However, I have only two choices. Either I learn to overcome my burdens, or I let them overcome me. I’ve tried the being overcome bit before. I much prefer the heat of battle.Of course, disclaiming expert status doesn’t mean that I don’t have an opinion. I share my mental health observations monthly with my readers. I stand by them. I believe we are more powerful than others would have us believe of ourselves. I believe that we can master our mental health issues. And if medicating is not a valid option for you, you can still vanquish these issues. To that purpose, ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General OCD Self-Help The Psych Central Show anxiety Gabe Howard Tics Tourette Syndrome Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs
Violent motor tics or severe self-harm behaviors have been reported in patients with Tourette's syndrome (TS) and leading to traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study aimed to determine the risk of TBI in TS patients, the effects associated with concurrent psychiatric disorders (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or depressive disorder), and the effects of drug treatment (antipsychotics, antidepressants, or clonidine) on the risk of TBI.
Source: Parkinsonism and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
Sometimes you can do everything right and still get it all wrong.It seems the only thing I can count on reliably is myADHD tendency to embarrass myself. It’s even more reliable than death and taxes. I make plans. I execute them. Then they execute me.My regular hairstylist is out on maternity leave, so I’ve been seeing a colleague of hers. She does a good job, and I am intensely thankful to get a professional cut on my schedule at the same location. She’s a nice girl and very courteous, too, which makes me want to return the favor by being on time.You can probably guess where this is going.Between ADHD, To...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs
I was recently contacted by a college student who requested an email interview. I share the answers below because the interviewer asked excellent questions.If you follow my blog, then you’ll already know that I have been diagnosed withClinical Depression (Major Depressive Disorder),Adult ADHD, andChronic Tic Disorder (Tourette’s). What you may not know is what I get out of blogging about my experiences with these conditions. This was the one of the questions the interviewer asked that made me think.Why on earth do I do this?My family resents my writing or is horrified by it. My friends don’t read it. It&r...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Journaling Suicide Writing Source Type: blogs
, Eating Disorder Working Group of the PGC, Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the PGC, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Tourette Syndrome Working Group of the PGC, Schizophrenia CLOZUK, Substance Use Disorder Working Group of the PGC, Agrawal A, Børglum AD, Bulik CM, Daly MJ, Davis LK, Demontis D, Edenberg HJ, Grove J, Gelernter J, Neale BM, Pardiñas AF, Stahl E, Walters JTR, Walters R, Sullivan PF, Posthuma D, Polderman TJC PMID: 30334498 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Psychological Medicine - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Psychol Med Source Type: research
The majority of patients with Tourette ’s disorder (TD) will have psychiatric comorbidity, most commonly ADHD and/or OCD. Other repetitive behaviors, as well as affective disturbances, including depression and non–OCD anxiety, are also common in this population. OCD with tics appears to have a different “endophenotype” and medica tion response compared with OCD without tics. The aim of this presentation is to highlight the complexities of clinical diagnosis and treatment in youth with co-occurring tics and OCD symptoms and to provide an overview of evidence-based medication treatments for tic-related OCD.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Given the unique character of each study design, the convergent findings for these eight psychiatric conditions suggest that heritability estimates are robust across different methods. The findings also highlight large differences in genetic and environmental influences between psychiatric disorders, providing future directions for etiological psychiatric research. PMID: 30221610 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Psychological Medicine - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Psychol Med Source Type: research
Abstract While Behavioral Therapy (BT) should be recommended as the first step in the treatment of OCD as well as TS, medication can be added for augmentation and in certain situations (e.g. family preference, BT not available or feasible) the priority may even reverse. This narrative review is given on the complexity of drug treatment in patients comorbid for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome (TS) and other tic problems. OCD with TS is a co-occuring combination of two generally delimitable, but in detail also overlapping disorders which wax and wane with time but have different courses and...
Source: Current Neuropharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Curr Neuropharmacol Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 May 2018Source: Pharmacology &TherapeuticsAuthor(s): Samata R. Sharma, Xenia Gonda, Frank I. TaraziAbstractAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, Asperger's syndrome (AS) and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). The new diagnostic criteria of ASD focuses on two core domains: social communication impairment and restricted interests/repetitive behaviors. The prevalence of ASD has been steadily increasing over the past two decades, with current estimates reaching up to 1 in 36 children. Heredita...
Source: Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 May 2018 Source:Pharmacology & Therapeutics Author(s): Samata R. Sharma, Xenia Gonda, Frank I. Tarazi Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, Asperger's syndrome (AS) and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). The new diagnostic criteria of ASD focuses on two core domains: social communication impairment and restricted interests/repetitive behaviors. The prevalence of ASD has been steadily increasing over the past two decades, with current estimates reaching up to 1 in 36 children. Hereditary f...
Source: Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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